I’m Alison Clarke (usually called Ali), a New Zealand historian living on the beautiful Otago Peninsula, Dunedin. I work in the archives at the Hocken Collections, and have been involved in various history projects – see the ‘historical interests’ and ‘publications’ pages for more details.
I started blogging in 2013 at University of Otago 1869-2019 about the major project of researching and writing a 150th anniversary history of that university, and I also write the occasional post for The Hocken Blog. The inspiration to start the university history blog came from my experience with my previous book, Born to a changing world: childbirth in nineteenth-century New Zealand. After that book came out people got in touch with interesting additional information on some of the women I’d written about, and helped me identify a photograph of a previously unidentified woman and baby. This brought home to me the value of sharing research before formal publication!
I started this blog in 2015 so I could share stories about some of my ‘other’ research – in other words, not the history of the university stuff. Sometimes it relates to new projects, and sometimes something new on an older research topic. Sometimes posts simply relate to some obscure topic or other I feel the urge to write about! Happy reading, and your comments on anything I write here are most welcome. You can also find me on twitter – @clarke_ali – where I post cat photos and the occasional other item.
This is a personal blog. The views and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Otago.